Syrian End Times

Oh Magog! Why End-Times Buffs Are Freaking Out About Syria In early 2012, best-selling novelist Joel Rosenberg came to Capitol Hill for a meeting with an unidentified member of Congress to discuss the end of the world. “I thought the topic was going to be the possible coming war between Israel and Iran,” Rosenberg explained …

William Vollmann: Terrorist

FBI suspected William Vollmann was the Unabomber “Reading one’s FBI file is rarely pleasant,” Vollmann writes. He discovered that someone — Vollmann gives him the codename “Ratfink” — turned him in to the authorities as a possible Unabomber suspect because of the content of his fiction. His file claims that “anti-growth and anti-progress themes persist …

A Course in Demonic Creativity

Up my alley (via): Where does creativity come from? Why do ideas and inspiration feel as if they come from “outside,” from an external source that’s separate from us but able to whisper ideas directly into the mind? Why have so many writers throughout history — and also composers, painters, philosophers, mystics, and scientists — …

Present Shock

To be read: Rushkoff breaks up “presentism” into five symptoms or challenges and matches each with constructive solutions for pressing the pause button. The “aha-moment-per-page ratio in Present Shock is high. Once you identify these concepts for yourself, you will start to see them everywhere. Narrative Collapse: Rushkoff identifies both the sensationalism of reality TV and the meta-stories of …

Porn Culture

From the beginning of The American Book of the Dead, when a father discovers his daughter doing porn online: “This isn’t only about beauty, or intelligence, or experience, Sophia, or what I’ve written as fiction. It’s about something just being plainly wrong. Murder is illegal for a reason. I’m sure to murder someone would be …

Truthers

This is interesting in Salon: Give truthers a chance? Who knew that Newtown truthers would make 9-11 truth look more legitimate? What concerns me about the repudiation of the Hookers is that the 9/11 Truthers are being tarred with the same “crackpot” brush. Yes, many of the September Eleventh conspiracy theories are implausible, and too …

UFOs: What the Hell?

UFOs: What the Hell? “The purpose I see with these entities in their communication is that they’re preaching a new gospel. And, the Bible warns of angels preaching gospel. I do believe they are a part of a demonic hierarchy, and the entities involved in the abduction experience are the elite of that hierarchy; it …